Speaker Resources

Welcome to the STPCon Spring 2015 Conference Speaker Resource Area

This webpage will serve as a home base for any information you may need for planning and preparation leading up to the conference including:

Speaker Logistics Coordinator

James Stinar
Direct Line:  719.476.0774 or 877.257.9531
Email: jstinar@softwaretestpro.com

Conference Registration

As an STPCon Spring 2015 conference speaker you will receive a complimentary registration (non-transferable) for the Main Conference Package (April 1-2).  This registration will be automatically processed for you and your conference badge/materials will be waiting for you at our onsite conference registration desk. Please note the registration does not include pre-conference workshops.  You can attend a pre-conference workshop day for a discounted rate of $300 or $500 for both workshop days. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please email James Stinar.

Reserving a Room at the Conference Hotel

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (Bay Tower)
1380 Harbor Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
800.325.3535 (Reservations) / 619.291.2900 (Hotel)

All conference activities will take place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (Bay Tower), March 29 – April 2 , 2015.  A special discounted rate of $189 per night has been reserved for conference participants.

RESERVE YOUR ROOM ONLINE or call 619.291.2900 and reference the Software Test Professionals Conference rate.
Hotel rooms are expected to sell out – please reserve as soon as possible.  The conference rate will be available until March 6, 2015 OR until rooms sell out.  Don’t miss your opportunity to stay at the conference hotel!

If you would prefer, we are able to make your hotel reservations for you.  Simply fill out the S15-Hotel Reservation Form and return this form via email to James Stinar by February 9th.

Speaker Deadlines

See the table below for the speaker deadlines schedule. Your help in ensuring that the deadlines below are met is a key element to our mutual success.

Item Important Dates
Hotel Reservation Form February 9 @ 5PM ET
Audio Visual Request Form March 13 @ 5PM ET
Presentation Materials Due March 20 @ 5PM ET
Speaker Orientation Call March 11 @ 4 PM ET

Presentation Materials

Session presentations are due by March 20 @ 5PM ET. If you do not have your own PPT template, you are welcome to use the Conference PPT Template.

Submitting your slide deck:

  • Attach it to an e-mail, addressed to James Stinar.
  • Identify the attachment by your last name and abbreviated session title.
  • We can only accept files that are less than 10 MB. If your file exceeds 10 MB, email Rick Baucom and he will provide you with further instructions.
  • Submit your PowerPoint presentation and any handouts in .ppt, .pdf, .doc or .key format.
  • We will create PDF versions (2 slides per page) of your files before we post them on the conference web site.

Audio/Visual Requirements

Core conference session breakout rooms are set classroom style with a podium, riser and a 6 foot head table.  These room set ups may not be altered in order to protect the consistency of the room set-ups.

Each core conference session breakout room will be set with the following AV package:

  • Computer projector unit (capable of handling resolutions up to 1024 x 768)
  • Projection screen
  • One wireless lavaliere microphone (two for co-presenters) – based on room size
  • Universal navigator mouse with a USB port – minimum XP or OSX operating system

If you have any other Audio/Visual requests, please fill out the S15-Audio Visual Request Form and return it via email to James Stinar by 5:00 PM ET on March 13th.

Speaker Orientation Call

If this is the first time you have presented at an STP conference, we ask that you participate in a Speaker Orientation Conference Call.  Please mark your calendars now for Wednesday, March 11th, 4pm Eastern.  This conference call with be an informational discussion and it will last about 15 minutes.  The dial-in information will be provided via email the day before the call.

Speaker Orientation Call Recording – March 11th, 4pm Eastern

Below is a recording of our Speaker Orientation Call recorded March 11th, 2015. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Speaker Orientation Call for STPCon Spring 2015 in San Diego, please contact James Stinar.

Social Media

Why wait until the conference to network?  Below you will find some opportunities to network with your fellow conference speakers and participants prior to the start of the conference.  We will be tweeting about your session and we will feature your content on our Facebook page.  In addition, we will include all social media contact information on your bio if you provide us with your details.